Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Lots of new biographies out this month, including THEN AGAIN by Diane Keaton, which she also reads.  The actress talks about life with her mother, Dorothy Hall.  NO HIGHER HONOR by Condoleezza Rice is an extensive memoir of her life in Washington, also read by the author.  THE TIMES OF OUR LIVES by Tom Brokaw is a conversation about America, from the Greatest Generation to our current malaise of debt and stalemate, along with his hopes for a return to can-do pride.  He also reads.  ENJOY EVERY SANDWICH, written and read by Dr. Lee Lipsenthal, is the inspiring chronicle of a preventive medicine research institute director who not only survived cancer, but came to enjoy life more in the process.  Dr. Dean Ornish reads the introduction.  BLUE NIGHTS by Joan Didion is a sensitive portrayal about the writer's losing her daughter, read by Kimberly Farr.  Then there's IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? by Mindy Kaling, an actress and comedy writer for The Office.  Her humorous observations about dating, shopping, and friendship in Hollywood as a fight starter from India is voiced by the author, plus BJ Novak, Mike Schur, and Brenda Withers.  Moving completely over to the fictional side, I AM HALF SICK OF SHADOWS by Alan Bradley is a Christmas murder mystery set in England, narrated by Jayne Entwistle; and REVAN by Drew Karpyshyn is an Old Republic Star Wars novel about a terrible secret half-remembered by a returning and disgraced Jedi whose memory is erased (about what went down on the Outer Rim).  Reader is veteran Star Wars performer Marc Thompson, and the novel is based on the video game from Bioware and LucasArts.

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